Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD has said the Minister for Social Protection and her Department must review Farm Assist Scheme forms to ensure that farmers are not slowed down by red tape when applying for the payment.Deputy McConalogue commented, “My constituency office, and my colleagues in Fianna Fáil, are regularly meeting with members in the farming community who have been thrown by the farm assist payment forms.“These convoluted forms, with all the requirements within, are a yearly ordeal for farmers.” He added that the Farm Assist Scheme was established by Fianna Fáil to provide a valuable payment for low-income farmers.“While the last Fine Gael led government introduced drastic cuts to the scheme in 2012, Fianna Fáil have managed, under the Confidence and Supply arrangement, to reverse these cuts.“The Minister must instruct her Department to review this form to ensure the farm assist application is a swift and simple process for those in the farming community,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Farm Assist application process should be simplified – McConalogue was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
George Groves has signed with Germany-based promoters Kalle and Nisse Sauerland. The deal has been announced less than two weeks before Groves, 26, faces Carl Froch at Wembley in a world title rematch, having been controversially stopped in the ninth round by the super-middleweight champion in November.“This is definitely a step in the right direction for me as I look to build my name not only across Europe but all around the world,” said Groves.“I feel that now I have the right team in place to help me achieve everything I need to in boxing.”Groves is the second west London boxer to be signed by Sauerland, who also promote cruiserweight prospect Deion Jumah.See also:Groves is lined up for September returnGroves: My left hook will finish FrochFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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The waterfall at the end of “* rivers and lakes”Believe me, I’m not trying to talk you out of attempting a five terrain, five difficulty geocache. I’m just trying to keep you from acquiring any scars or a metal plate in your neck. Geocaches are ranked from one to five based on difficulty and terrain. Five is the most imposing. Let’s be clear — preparation is key. You should known the geocache rating before attempting the cache. The ratings exist for your safety. But, say you’re part of the “Lost & Found” documentary video crew? And it’s your job to produce a video on completing a 5/5?This is one (tall/uncoordinated) Lost & Found video producer’s perspective on one particular 5/5 named “* river and lakes” (GC6982). Completing this 5/5 only really requires three attributes. They are endurance, balance and agility.Lost & Found videographer ReidI sorely lacked two out of the three. I’m a teetering 6’4” with the balancing skills of an unmanned bicycle. My default while falling is to land on my forehead. It’s a precarious landscape for anyone who’s crowning athletic achievement sits atop his refrigerator even now. (It’s a bowling trophy from when I was 11.)The cache owner and three geocachers were all bush-whacking to the cache ahead of us. Lost & Found videographer Reid was capturing the zigzagging footfalls of the geocachers. The terrain we faced for “* rivers and lakes” is a Paul Bunyan-scale crisscross carpet of fallen trees, inches thick ecosystems of green wiggling moss and glossy boulders with the traction of ice.The cache sits inside a U-shaped canyon at the base of a waterfall. It’s a near vertical descent through thorns and an inviting thorn-ridden shrub aptly called “Devil’s Club.” After a half hour, I’ve already realized waterproof boots are waterproof… unless your foot slips three feet into a stream and then the boots become sloshing bags of water.A banana slug named, “Signal”It’s about this time that I think a thorn catches my ear. Suddenly my ear is wet and it’s cold. I think I’m simply in a wonderful form of shock and that I’m bleeding. I reach back to feel the blood. I think, “This can’t be worse.” It is worse.My fingers curl around “something” attached to my ear. I pulled it forward and stared eye-to-antenna with a giant banana slug.I named the slug “Signal.”This Signal was placed gently back into his or her habitat. It’s a relationship I won’t forget though.The geocachers and Reid reached the cache moments later (relatively) unscathed. Then we had to hike back out, the same way. Signal didn’t make a repeat performance. I was left with just a few scratches and memories of a wet and cold kiss from a banana slug.Most geocachers have similar stories. And like the Lost & found documentary crew, they’ll do it again. Why? You tell me. What keeps geocachers going back to the trail?Soon, you can watch the adventures of the hardy geocachers who attempted this 5/5. The Lost & Found video is scheduled to post on Tuesday, September 14th.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNear the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 16, 2015In “Geocache of the Week””Scuba Geocaching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoOctober 5, 2010In “Community”Extreme Geocaching in Pictures (and Video)April 29, 2013In “Community”
SUDBURY, Ont. – Vale Canada Ltd. says it has completed a billion-dollar project to reduce emissions at its Sudbury, Ont., smelter complex that has made the distinct ‘superstack’ chimney at the site obsolete.The company, a subsidiary of Brazil-based Vale S.A., says the upgrades will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 85 per cent as well as reduce metal particulate emissions by 40 per cent.The modernization, which includes several new stages of filtration, has made the existing chimney that was built to better distribute emissions no longer needed.The chimney, which was featured on a commemorative nickel and at 367 metres is the second tallest in the world, is slated for demolition once two shorter replacement stacks are finished.Vale says the new 137-metre stacks, expected to be completed by 2020, will need far less energy and result in a 40-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the smelter.The emissions project was originally expected to cost $2 billion and finish in 2015 but the company decided to switch to a single furnace at the Copper Cliff smelter, pushing back the timeline and reducing costs.
Dawson Creek RCMP officers were already in the area on unrelated matters and arrived on scene shortly after the incident. The man was located in the Canadian Tire parking lot and apprehended. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a man allegedly shoplifting and threatening staff at the local Walmart with a knife.On Sunday, May 20, a staff member at Walmart reported that while attempting to retrieve what was believed to be stolen merchandise from a man walking out of Walmart, he was threatened as the man brandished a large knife at him saying he was going to kill him. A search of the man located a large kitchen knife, a machete, a small amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and some stolen merchandise.The man is currently in police custody, and at this point’s there’s no word on whether charges will be laid.Photos of the knives found on the suspect – D.C. RCMP
New Delhi: Private power producer Tata Power will lead the nation’s renewable energy transition with gradual withdrawal from building new coal fired power plants, a report said. The country’s largest private integrated power company has recently made it clear that it will cease to build new coal-fired power capacity, according to ‘Tata Power: Renewables to Power Growth’ report released by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe report highlights the company’s long-term strategy that will see renewable energy dominate its power capacity build-out going forward. Tata Power’s focus on renewables makes sense given the major energy transformation now occurring, report author Simon Nicholas, Energy Finance Analyst at IEEFA, said in a statement. The company’s Strategic Intent 2025′ plan calls for up to 70 per cent of new capacity additions to come from solar, wind and hydro through to 2025, said Nicholas. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThis represents a significant departure from the accepted wisdom of just a few years ago that a major expansion of coal-fired power would be required to serve India’s growing electricity demand, Nicholas. According to the report, the majority of Tata Power’s thermal capacity is now centred on its Mundra coal-fired power plant – one of the biggest power plants in India – which experienced losses reaching $191 million for the first three-quarters of FY2018-19. The Mundra plant is making consistent, significant losses that are dragging back the company’s overall financial performance, said Nicholas. While a bailout of the plant is being planned, which will increase the tariff burden on consumers and realise a debt write-down for bank lenders, Tata Power has stated it will only halve the losses at Mundra,” said Nicholas Nicholas further said, “Tata Power’s experience at Mundra has helped convince the company to turn away from new coal-fired power. Tim Buckley, IEEFA’s Director of Energy Finance Studies noted that Tata Power’s shift mirrors the transition underway within the Indian power sector as a whole, driven by least cost renewable energy. The shift away from new coal-fired power is moving faster than anyone had predicted, said Buckley. With more than 40 gigawatts of existing coal-fired power plants under financial stress in India, Tata Power is seeking to only add new coal-fired power capacity via fire-sale acquisition, at 30 to 40 per cent of historical investment. It no longer plans to build new coal-fired power plants, the report said.
New Delhi: State-run Air India seems to be finally getting its preferential rights in allocation of traffic rights over foreign routes after losing it to private carriers in the previous UPA government. The government has decided to allot it about 5,700 weekly seats out of grounded Jet Airways’ unused quota on the lucrative India-Dubai route. The public sector airline has also been promised over 5,000 seats on India-Qatar route besides about 4,600 additional seats to and from London following the re-allocation of grounded Jet’s unused international traffic rights. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraA Civil Aviation Ministry told IANS that Air India will get preference in allocation of bilateral seat entitlements. “The allocation would be for the ongoing summer schedule and considered temporary given that efforts are on to revive Jet Airways,” said a reliable source. Amid faint possibility of grounded Jet Airway’s revival anytime soon, the ministry had on May 3 held a meeting with local carriers to discuss re-allocation of the airline’s foreign traffic rights. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysPrivate carriers SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir, Vistara and Air India had pitched for bigger share of the pie in the last meeting. While IndiGo co-founder Rahul Bhatia had suggested for allocating foreign traffic rights in proportion to various airlines’ fleet capacity, Vistara argued that smaller airlines be given bigger share. Jet Airways had last month withdrawn operations due to severe fund crunch and remain grounded in absence of a viable revival plan. While re-allocation of traffic rights would ensure additional capacity on various popular foreign routes thus reducing fare level, it will significantly affect the valuation of Jet Airways. Investors are already miffed over the government’s move to re-allocate its slots at various domestic airports.
Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to the basket in her drive against Penn State’s defense during the Buckeyes’ game on Feb. 1. Credit: Summer Cartwright | Campus EditorOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell has been invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California.The senior is one of just five collegiate athletes — including Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier, Connecticut guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville guard Asia Durr, South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson — invited to the training camp. Twenty-five WNBA players earned invites as well.The training camp — which will be led by USA National Team and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley — will be used to help identify and prepare athletes for future events, including the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball, according to a release.This will be the second opportunity for Mitchell to represent her country on the court. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year earned a spot on the USA Basketball Women’s Under-23 National Team, which competed in the Four Nations Tournament in mid-August.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and was named a second-team All-American for the second time in her career. The Associated Press also named her a first-team All-American after the 2015-16 season.Ohio State opens the season on Nov. 10 when the Buckeyes host Stanford as part of the Countdown to Columbus, an event marking the beginning of the college women’s basketball 2017-18 season.